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Picture books with level 4 content

Level 4 number

Anno’s mysterious multiplying jar, by Masaichiro and Mitsumasa Anno

Publisher: Penguin Putman      ISBN: 0698117530
Activity based on this book.
DescriptionThis is a simple and colourful demonstration of the concept of factorials within a fantasy world inside a single jar.
MathematicsFactorials.

The number devil: A mathematical adventure, by Hans Magnus Enzensberger

Publisher: Granta Books      ISBN: 9781862078284
Description
Follow 12 year-old Robert as he does battle with his attitude to maths each night in his dreams as he is visited by The Number Devil. An illustrated novel that presents complex (and simple) mathematical concepts in engaging ways.
MathematicsNumber, algebra, sequence, prime, squares, decimals.

Maths curse, by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith

Publisher: Viking Juvenile     ISBN: 9780670861941
Description
A child sees the maths problems in everything in their daily life.
MathematicsProblems linked to multiple aspects of mathematics.

Fibonacci’s cows, by Ray GalvinBy a New Zealand author.

Publisher: Shortland Publications      ISBN: 0790125501
This book may no longer be available for purchase.
Description
A short illustrated novella that introduces Fibonacci’s key ideas including the Fibonacci number sequence, the Golden Angle and the Golden Number.
MathematicsProportion, ratio, sequence, angle.

Big numbers, by Mary and John Gribbin

Publisher: Wizard Books      ISBN: 1840464313
Description
An illustrated series of short non-fiction articles on topics involving very large and very small numbers. It all depends on what you’re measuring.
MathematicsMeasurement, large numbers, decimals, million, time size, distance.

A story of natural numbers, by David Demant

Publisher: Black Dog Books      ISBN: 9781742030289
This book may no longer be available for purchase.
Description
A graphically engaging and colourful illustrated non-fiction book about 0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9, their history, uses and power.
MathematicsNatural numbers, calculation, bases, number systems.

Murderous maths numbers: the key to the universe, by Kjartan Poskitt

Publisher: Scholastic      ISBN: 9781407107110
Description
One of the Murderous Maths large series of humourous non-fiction books that explore the world of mathematics with cartoons, engaging and quirky contexts and diagrams. Filled with puzzles and problems and “no boring sums!”.
MathematicsNumber, algebra, bases, sequences, calculation.

50 Amazing Things Kids Need to Know about Mathematics, by Anne Rooney

Publisher: Quercus Books UK (2011)      ISBN: 9780857386021
DescriptionA book for kids aged 10-13, about how mathematical concepts are applied in real life contexts using humour, graphics and clear explanations. Each of the 50 topics is covered over a 2-3 page spread. Topics include: How to crack a code (prime numbers), How to swat a fly (Cartesian plane), How to build a bridge (geometry of arches).
Mathematics
Ratios, fractions, multiplication, formulas, place value.

Level 4 algebra

The rabbit problem, by Emily Gravett

Publisher: Macmillan      ISBN: 9781442412552
DescriptionThe Fibonacci sequence is explored by a family of rabbits over the course of one year.
MathematicsNumber patterns.

Level 4 geometry

A cloak for the dreamer, by Aileen Friedman

Publisher: Scholastic Press      ISBN: 9780590489874
DescriptionThe tailor's three sons explore shapes that fit together as they make cloaks for the Archduke.
MathematicsTesselation.

Zoom, by Istvan Banyai

Publisher: Puffin       ISBN: 9780140557749
DescriptionA wordless book that explores magnification and enlargement.
MathematicsTransformation.

Re-Zoom, by Istvan Banyai

Publisher: Puffin      ISBN: 9780140556940
DescriptionA wordless book that explores magnification and enlargement
MathematicsTransformation.

The Emperor's Army, by Virginia Walton Pilegard

Publisher: Pelican      ISBN: 1589806905
DescriptionThe discovery of the Terra-cotta Army provides the main character with the opportunity to uncover the mystery of its creation and explore the concept of volume.
MathematicsVolume, space.

The Warlord's Kites, by Virginia Walton Pilegard

Publisher: Pelican      ISBN: 1589801806
DescriptionThe characters use their understanding of how to calculate area as a way to create kites and frighten away and invading army.
MathematicsArea, 2-D shape.

Level 4 measurement

Counting on Frank, by Rod Clement

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)      ISBN: 039570393X
Activity based on this book.
DescriptionA boy asks and answers questions such as "how long a line will my ball point pen draw?", and "how many humpback whales would fit in my house?"
Mathematics
Measurement.
Enlargement.

How big is it? A book all about bigness, by Ben Hillman

Publisher: Scholastic      ISBN:0439918081
This book may no longer be available for purchase.
DescriptionThis is an exploration of the comparative size of “big” things when they are set alongside common or well known references.
MathematicsLength, volume, area.

How fast is it? A zippy book all about speed, by Ben Hillman

Publisher: Scholastic      ISBN: 0439918677
This book may no longer be available for purchase.
DescriptionThis is an exploration of the comparative speed of very fast and very slow things when they are compared to common or well known references.
MathematicsRate, distance, time.

How strong is it? A mighty book all about strength, by Ben Hillman

Publisher: Scholastic      ISBN:0439918669
This book may no longer be available for purchase.
DescriptionThis is an exploration of the comparative strength of “strong” things when they are compared to common or well known references.
MathematicsRate, mass.

The Emperor's Army, by Virginia Walton Pilegard

Publisher: Pelican      ISBN: 1589806905
DescriptionThe discovery of the Terra-cotta Army provides the main character with the opportunity to uncover the mystery of its creation and explore the concept of volume.
MathematicsVolume, space.

The Warlord's Kites, by Virginia Walton Pilegard

Publisher: Pelican      ISBN: 1589801806
DescriptionThe characters use their understanding of how to calculate area as a way to create kites and frighten away and invading army.
MathematicsArea, 2-D shape.

The Warlord's Messengers, by Virginia Walton Pilegard

Publisher: Pelican      ISBN: 1589802713
DescriptionAs a deadline looms the characters must use their knowledge of rate and velocity to insure they arrive at the banquet on time.
MathematicsRate, speed.

The Warlord's Alarm, by Virginia Walton Pilegard

Publisher: Pelican      ISBN: 1589803787
DescriptionIn a time without clocks, the characters have to find a way to create an alarm that ensures they wake up in time. The answer is a water clock!
MathematicsTime, rate.

Level 4 statistics

If the world was a village: A book about the world’s people, by David J. Smith

Publisher: Kids Can      ISBN: 1550747797
Activity based on this book.
DescriptionThis book asks the reader to shrink that population to 100 people, a village, keeping the proportions intact and imagine what the village looks like.
MathematicsPopulations, percentages.

Anno’s three little pigs, by Mitsumasa Anno and Tuyosi Mori

Publisher: Bodley Head Children's Books      ISBN: 03070308980
DescriptionSocrates the wolf is trying to locate one of the three little pigs. He explores combinations and permutations in the process.
MathematicsCombinations and permutations.

World Watch

Publisher: Harper Collins (2012)      ISBN: 9780007488223
DescriptionCollins has compiled a wide range of statistics about world populations and presented them in a colourful and engaging way with info-graphics representing the proportional relationships within the data. Statistics on population, education and health, economy, environment and development are presented. It includes tables of individual countries data and a glossary.
Mathematics
Statistics, graphs, percentages.